Daniel Sturridge was widely regarded as one of the best forwards in the Premier League a few years ago.
However, his stock has plummeted over the past couple of seasons due to a combination of unfortunate injury problems and a change in management at Liverpool.
The England international was one of the main men at Anfield during Brendan Rodgers’ tenure - indeed, it was the Northern Irish coach who brought him to Merseyside in 2013 - but his situation changed following the arrival of Jurgen Klopp in 2015.
Klopp was already a huge fan of Roberto Firmino before he joined Liverpool and relished the prospect of working with the Reds’ summer signing.
Firmino would go on to cement his status as one of Liverpool’s most important players - the main centre-forward at Anfield - leaving the injury-prone Sturridge in the shadows.
Sturridge wants to leave Liverpool this month
The 28-year-old is understandably fed up with his current situation and is subsequently keen to leave Liverpool this month in order to boost his chances of making the England squad for this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.
And, according to the Mirror, he’s now decided which club he wants to sign for.
Sturridge has been linked to various clubs in recent weeks including Southampton, Newcastle United and even Inter Milan.
However, it’s another overseas club that Sturridge is determined to sign for.
Sturridge has told Liverpool which club he wants to join
Liverpool recently turned down a loan request from Spanish club Sevilla, insisting they would only consider a deal that includes an option for a permanent transfer at the end of any loan period.
The Reds want around £25 million for the forward and are prepared to write in a loan period of it means a guaranteed payment in the summer.
But during talks with Liverpool officials, per the Mirror’s sources at Anfield, Sturridge has made it clear that he would prefer to join Sevilla.
He has reportedly urged his current employers to open talks with the Andalusian outfit in an attempt to reach an agreement.
Klopp, however, will only give the green light for Sturridge's departure if the funds from his potential sale are used to sign a replacement in the summer.
Sevilla currently occupy sixth position in La Liga and are still adjusting to life under Vincenzo Montella, who replaced Eduardo Berizzo at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán last month.
It’s still rare for England internationals to move abroad, so it would be fascinating to see if Sturridge could resurrect his career in the Spanish top flight over the next few months.
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